CIVIL WEDDING OF PRINCESS XENIA TO LEEDS 1921
The civil part of the wedding of Princess Xenia of Russia, to Mr. William B. Leeds, son of Princess Anastasia of Greece, widow of William B Leeds, the American tin plate king was held in Paris yesterday at the mairie of the first arrondissement.
Two religions ceremonies will be celebrated today, the first at 2.30 p..m.t: at the American Church of the Hody Trinity,23 avenue George V, and the second at 3 p.m. at the Russian church, 12 rue. Daru.
Princess Xenia was clad in a simple frock of apricot colored georgette, topped by a toque of brown georgette with trimming of brown osprey feathers. She wore no jewels save a string of pearls.
The simple ceremony was witnessed by only a few members of the families of the young couple.
Her Wedding Dress.
The wedding dress of the Princess is of white liberty satin, made in the simplest fashion, befitting the extreme youth of the bride, who is 18. The bridegroom was 19 in September. The dress, bas a modest décolleté and short sleeves,is trimmed with sprays of orange blossoms. A square train of white satin and silver brocade hims from the shoulders and was covered with the filmy clouds of her tulle veil. The veil, edged with Mechlin lace, was square and full and was draped across the head and doubled back again over a wreath of orange blossoms.
The bride wore her mother's gift, a chain necklace studded with diamonds a romanov jewel , and a jade bracelet on her right arm and two gold link bracelets on her left arm, see above in the picture.
The trousseau of the Princess is said to be bewildering in its magnificence. The lingerie alone is worth a fortune. There is one set in Andalusian lace that is said to be worth 200,000 francs..
Members of the families who are present at the ceremonies are Olga, Queen mother of Greece; the Grand Duchess George of Russîa and her daughter, Princess Nina; Grand Duchess Anastasia Michalovna Grand Duchess of Schwerin; Grand Duke Alexander of Russia and his son, Prince Theodore; Grand Duchess Marie of Russia and her husband, Prince Serge Poutiatin; Grand Duke Dimitri of Russia; Prince George of Greece and his children, Prince Peter and Princess Eugénie; Prince Christopher and Princess (Anastasia) of Greece and Prince Roland Bonaparte.
Magnificent gifts, totaling any thousands of dollars have been received already by the young couple. Among the most beautiful of the gifts are those from members of the royal families who are related to the bride and, through the recent marriage of his mother with Prince Christopher, to the bridegroom.
These gifts include
a diamond and ruby pendant with a crown and the initials G. M.( G-George M -Mary) from the King and Queen of England;
an amethyst and diamond brooch from Alexandra, the Queen Mother of England;
a fan from Princess Mary;
a blue enamel clock from Princess Royal of England;
a pendant of aquamarines and rubies and a gold mirror from Princess Victoria of England.
a diamond ivy leaf brooch with a large ruby the gift of Olga, queen mother of Greece;
a string of pearls and a chain of diamonds with a large sapphire pendant;a jade bangle Grand Duchess George of Russia, her mother.
a diamond and ruby tiara once the property of the late Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia,made by Cartier ; from Prince Christopher and Princess Anastasia, mother and step-father of the bridegroom,
a pendant gold watch set with sapphires from Prince George and Princess Elizabeth of Greece;
a pair of silver candlesticks from Prince and Princess Andrew of Greece,
a sapphire ring from the Crown Prince and Princes of Romania,
a blue enamel cross with pearls from the Grand Duchess Anastasia;
a diamond and sapphire watch bracelet from Mr. and Mrs. Warner Leeds, of New York, uncle and aunt of the bridegroom,
a gold beg set with diamonds -and sapphires from Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Green, uncle and aunt of the bridegroom,
Queen Mother Present.
In the pews on the left side of the altar were Olga, Queen Mother of Greece, grandmother of the bride, dressed entirely in white, with a queenly headdress and long white veil, and wearing five strings of pearls, and Princess Anastasia, mother of the bridegroom, who wore a soft crêpe georgette dress of violet tinted blue, with a girdle of blue, orchid and rose beads. On her dark hair was a flower headdress of large, fiat, orchid-tinted blossoms, and about her neck and reaching almost to her knees was her famous rope of pearls.
The mother, of the bride, Grand Duchess George of Russia, dressed in mauve georgette, with a short overskirt of colored lace of the same shade, and ostrich feather trimmed hat to match - wearing her Romanov Pearls and the two pear shaped pearls once owned by Grand Duchess Olga Fjodorowna.
Grand Duchess. Alexander of Russia, in pearl grey chiffon, with a cape effect of grey velvet, and a neck band of sable, also, were, in the first pew.
The bride's train was held by a flower girl and a page and her bouquet of white orchids and lilies of the valley was held during the ceremony by Grand Duke Alexander, who gave her away.
The ceremony consumed only fifteen minutes, both young people making the usilal lespoinses to the rnlnisters words in clear, distinct tones., Thé choir sang wedding hymns immediately, before and flfter the cerenioity.
The Queen Mother Olga eniered ihe church fiirst, on the arm of Prince Cluistopher, who escorted her to lier, place and then escorted the Princess Anastasia to a place beside her.
When the young couple emered and took their places before the gold marriage table, Prince Christopher and Grand Duke Dimitri spread before them the sirip of pink satin, the wedding carpet, which was removed after the bishop had stepped on it and had turned to the table.
Afterwards, the wedding party went. to the Ritz Hôtel where a reception was held for the members of the family and a few intimate friends.
Xenija Georgievna was the youngest daughter of the Russian Grand Duke Georgi Mikhailovich Romanov (1863-1919) and his wife Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark (1876-1940), daughter of the Greek King George I and Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna Romanova. She had an older sister, Princess Nina Georgijewna Romanowa (1901–1974), later Princess Chavchavadze.
Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna Romanov was visiting relatives with her daughters in England when the First World War broke out. After the October Revolution, the Romanovs' property was confiscated and their father, who served as a general in the Russian army, was murdered by the Bolsheviks on January 30, 1919 in the Peter and Paul Fortress in Petersburg.
On October 8, 1921, Princess Xenija married in Paris the American industrialist William Bateman Leeds Jr. (1902-1971), the only son of William Bateman Leeds and Nonnie May Stewart (1870-1923) "Nancy Leeds". Her mother-in-law married her uncle Prince Christoph of Greece a year earlier, her third marriage, and after the marriage took on the name "Anastasia" - "Princess Anastasia of Greece".
A daughter, Nancy Helen Marie (1925-2006) emerged from the joint connection. The marriage ended in divorce in 1930.
Sources:Madame Edmond Blanc.
Les Modes;Le Gaulois,
La Gazette de Biarritz-Bayonne et Saint-Jean-de-Luz,1
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